Thursday, February 19, 2009

El amor brujo

El amor brujo (Love, the Magician) is a piece of music composed by Manuel de Falla. It was initially commissioned in 1914-15 as a gitanería (gypsy piece) by Pastora Imperio, a renowned gypsy dancer, and was scored for voice, actors, and chamber orchestra. Unfortunately, it was barely successful.

In 1925, Falla transformed it into a ballet scored for a full symphony orchestra with three short songs for mezzo-soprano. In this form, El amor brujo succeeded.

"El Amor brujo tells the story of Candelas, a gypsy girl, whose love for Carmelo is tormented by the ghost of her faithless former lover. The work is distinctively Andalusian in character with the songs in the Andalusian dialect of the Gypsies. The music contains moments of remarkable beauty and originality and includes the celebrated Ritual Fire Dance and the Dance of Terror." --

"Gitana" by Fabian Perez

You can apreciate Arthur Rubinstein's extraordinary piano performance of this beautiful piece of music on You Tube.

1 comment:

Peter said...

I just love Andalusia! There are still some genuine places for the local music! I have some wonderful memories from long nights in Jerez, Sevilla...